16 April 2020Scottish jazz musicians add streaming counterpoint to lockdown
Scottish pianists Euan Stevenson and Fergus McCreadie have launched a series of solo live stream concerts from their homes to compensate for the removal of concerts from their diaries due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Stevenson, who co-leads New Focus with saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski, has collated a series of improvised miniature études inspired by Bela Bartok's great primer of piano mastery, Mikrokosmos, drawing influences from jazz, classical and folk sources into his Mikrovisations presentation. Having debuted Mikrovisations in a live stream curated by Chamber Music Scotland earlier this month, he will be broadcasting from his Facebook page on Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30pm and announcing further live streams shortly.
Fergus McCreadie, who has already released a live EP with his trio, Live at Black Mountain, during the lockdown, is giving improvised concerts from his Facebook page every Tuesday at 8pm. Each concert is completely spontaneous, with McCreadie choosing a key and seeing where his imagination takes him, with the addition of an occasional jazz standard requested by the audience.
Euan Stevenson Fergus McCreadie